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RTPI elects new Fellow, Susan Bridge

13 June 2018

Sue Bridge , Ian Tant

Susan Bridge is the newest Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute following her election in June. Fellowship is the RTPI's highest membership class. 

Susan is currently an independent planning consultant working in the East Midlands with over 30 years’ experience in the private and public sectors.

Newly elected Fellow, Susan Bridge FRTPI said:

“Achieving Chartered Membership through any of the routes to membership is a huge achievement in your career.  In later years, the affirmation of your peers that you have contributed to the planning profession through your leadership, the support and encouragement you have given to your colleagues and the value of the work is not only humbling but a public acknowledgement of your personal achievements and contribution to the profession.  We must celebrate success and as a Fellow I will encourage more of us to come forward to celebrate the work of all planning professionals.”

Graham Stallwood FRTPI, Chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees said:

“Over a thirty year period – in the public and private sectors - Susan has helped to improve communities, deliver growth and create better places across England. The Institute continues to benefit from this rich planning expertise through her contributions to our expert policy committee and as a fellow Trustee on the RTPI Board. Congratulations Susan – a well deserved honour.”

Over a thirty year period – in the public and private sectors - Susan has helped to improve communities, deliver growth and create better places across England. The Institute continues to benefit from this rich planning expertise through her contributions to our expert policy committee and as a fellow Trustee on the RTPI Board.

Susan started her professional career at Tyne and Wear County Council, primarily in minerals and waste disposal.  She moved to Newcastle City Council working in the Outer West Area Team and then in development control and in planning policy working on the Unitary Development Plan.

After some 20 years in local government, she moved to the private sector, working for Bellway Homes, first as Regional Planning Manager (Midlands) and then as Director of the Planning and Development Division of the company until 2008. Whilst at Bellway, Susan worked on several major projects, including the regeneration scheme at Barking Riverside.  After 13 years in the private sector she moved back into local government as Head of Planning of Northampton Borough Council, where she stayed until 2014.

Susan is now working as an independent planning consultant in the East Midlands for several clients, including one of the regional house builders.  Susan has been active in the RTPI for a number of years and is now a Trustee and Chair of the Planning Policy and Research Committee.

Read: how to become a Fellow